2016-02-03 / Editorials

Celebrating Beatles Day

February 7 is the anniversary of the day, 52 years ago, when The Beatles landed in Queens, USA. Pan Am Flight 101 carried The Fab Four across “The Pond” to the newly-named John F. Kennedy International Airport on February 7, 1964. Everyone who was alive at the time, even those who were only in the single digits, remembers the arrival of those “mop-tops,” who came to play The Ed Sullivan Show, the beginning of their first tour of the US. And what a splash they made! A little over a year later they played a historic concert at Shea Stadium, being the first rock concert at a sports arena, thrilling 55,600 adoring fans. We cannot think of any other artist(s) that influenced music – no, Western Culture – NO, the 20th and 21st CENTURIES in a bigger way. It was over 50 years ago, and it feels like Yesterday – and Today. The Beatles’ ethos and aesthetics permeate our lives like no other icon’s. They ushered in a new era of organizing for world peace, women’s rights, even introducing us to Eastern philosophy, to name only a couple of spheres beyond music which they affected deeply. We cannot begin to Imagine what life would be like had they never existed.

But the MUSIC – Not a day goes by that we do not hear, and sing along to, the music of The Beatles, from the classic music of the original band and solo projects, to the most recent creations of Paul McCartney. For example, right here in Queens, St. Michael’s Cemetery announced their upcoming Concert of Classics, a live performance of Beatles music, on February 27, 3 pm.

Two years ago, of course, was the 50th Anniversary. A few months before the big anniversary, on October 9, 2013 (on what would have been John Lennon’s 73rd birthday), Paul McCartney made a surprise appearance at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, thrilling 400 very lucky students – and the Gazette’s own Publisher Tony Barsamian, who was fortunate enough to be invited to cover the event.

So join us in saluting and continuing to enjoy the music and continuing era of The Beatles – John, Paul, George and Ringo.

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